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Senate passes bill decriminalizing pot in state statutes


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The Alaska Senate on Monday got closer to having state statutes reflect what remains illegal after Alaska voters legalized limited recreational marijuana last year.

The bill passed on a 17-3 vote and outlines crimes for possessing more than one ounce of marijuana.

Several amendments to the bill were defeated during lengthy floor debate Monday, including one from Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly. He wanted to make marijuana concentrates illegal in two years, but amendment opponents said they wanted to stick to the will of voters as much as possible.

The bill also ke...

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